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Communities that Work campaign launched at House of Commons

Give us a chance hosted the annual reception on the evening of 27 November, which marked the launch of our Communities that Work campaign at House of Commons, in the presence of GUAC members, sector stakeholders, Members of Parliament and peers.

GUAC has been actively working on the campaign and its launch and the launch was welcomed and celebrated by over 150 guests including MPs and peers.

The event was highly successful, and it was highlighted by the Employment Minister Alok Sharma’s keynote speech. Other speakers on the night included Mark Lawrence from 24Housing and Peter Aldous MP.

The news of the campaign featured in 24 Housing

The campaign seek to raise awareness and recognition of housing associations for the work that they to put their tenants into work. It will run from November 18 to May 19, cumulating into Communities that Work week from 20 May to 24 May.

Don’t forget to pledge your support by using the hashtag #CommunitiesthatWork and tagging GUAC at @GUACjobs on Twitter.

For the politics fans out there, the next day following the Reception, GUAC got a mention by the Minister in the Westminster Hall debate, too:

“I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Give us a Chance annual reception in Parliament, where the organisation launched its Communities that Work campaign to help even more social housing tenants into work, and I was very pleased to attend that event… Of course, across the Department of Work and Pensions network we already have jobcentres working closely with housing associations to support people in gaining new skills and to help them into work.”

Full Hansard transcript from the debate:

Stockport Homes joins GUAC

We are very pleased to announce Stockport Homes as one of our newest members. Robin Burman, Chair of the Board, Stockport Homes said: “We are really pleased to be joining Give us a Chance at the start of a new year.  Whilst Stockport is a relatively affluent borough, we manage properties with hi...

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Introducing the first judges for our social media competition

We are pleased to confirm Mark Lawrence and Chloe Fletcher as the first two judges for our Communities that Work social media competition. Chloe is policy director of the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA). She has worked in the social housing sector for over 20 years, starting in housing managem...

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